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Want to be a Birkie Insider?

If you answered an emphatic YES!, you’ll want to be among the 4500 annual volunteers who work behind the scenes to help make Birkie events happen. Choose your event and shift from the volunteer links below.  As a Birkie Insider, you’ll be among fellow volunteers invited to the post-Birkie Volunteer Party in February.

“The next time you apply a set of those Birkie stickers to your skis, remember all the people who join in to make this event possible. Someday, you may be watching from the sidelines. Only then do you realize how lucky we skiers are to have those volunteers standing by to help us in time of need.”   – Bob Rude, Birkie Skier & Volunteer, Rhode Island

Register To Be a Birkie Volunteer! Year-Round Opportunities*!

Click on the link below for available shifts, per event.

  • Birkie Trail Work – Varies
  • Epic Bike Fest Volunteering – June 2025
  • Lumberjack Run 5K Volunteering – August 3, 2024
  • Birkie Trail Run Volunteering – September 28, 2024
  • Turkey Birkie Volunteering – November 29-Dec 1, 2024
  • GitchiGamiGames Volunteering – December 14-15, 2024
  • Birkie Trail Kids Coaching – January – March 2025
  • Ladies Fat Bike Getaway COACHES – January 4-5, 2025
  • Seeley Hills Classic – January 11, 2025
  • ‘Ski de She’ Volunteering – January 17-19, 2025
  • Birkie Tour & Night Race Volunteering – January 25, 2025
  • Birkie Office Volunteer –   February 10-24, 2025
  • Open Track Events – Wednesday, February 19, 2025
  • Birkie Week Events -Thursday, February 20, 2025
  • Kortelopet/Prince Haakon/Para – Friday, February 21, 2025
  • American Birkebeiner – Saturday, February 22, 2025
  • Fat Bike Birkie Volunteering – March 8, 2025
  • Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner Docent – Re-opens 2024

Have Questions? Call 715-634-5025 x: 2 or email Ronda Tworek, Director of Volunteers

If you are part of a non-profit group in need of fundraising for trips or group supplies, please reach out to see how we can help each other!

Reasons to Volunteer!

  • You’re tired of staying inside!
  • You’re new to the area and would like to get involved and meet friendly folks!
  • Everyone you know talks about helping at Birkie events and you haven’t yet!
  • You’ve always wanted to volunteer for something!
  • You really enjoy encouraging participants to reach the finish line!
  • You have the chance to experience “Birkie Fever!”
  • Looking to get a nice new Volunteer Hat, Birkie Pin, or other great Volunteer gift!* *Volunteer gift varies per event.

PLUS… Come to the Volunteer Appreciation Party!

Be Our Guest!

Volunteers are invited to join us for the Volunteer Appreciation Party, presented by our year-round sponsor of Volunteers, Tamarack Health. Party details and entry certificate are provided to Volunteers during the Birkie Week of Events.  Where the Volunteer of the Year will be announced, and GRAND PRIZE awarded!

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Tusen Takk Volunteers!

While the 2019 – Tusen Takk Year of the Volunteer has ended, the support, gratitude, and celebration in honor of volunteers will not; neither will the Tusen Takk Volunteer Fund. Interested donors can support the volunteer fund into the future.

Volunteer of the Month

Any Birkie Volunteer can be nominated by another volunteer, Race Chief, or member of the community.  The Volunteer of the Month program is to recognize a volunteer for their efforts and dedication in assisting the American Birkebeiner with its events, year round. If you know of a Birkie volunteer worthy of this nomination, please fill out and submit the application in the link below.  One of the nominees will be recognized as the Volunteer of the Year, at the Volunteer Appreciation Party each February.

Volunteer of the Month Nomination Form

Volunteer Opportunities

Year-Round Opportunities

Help out at Birkie events all year-round: Epic Bike Fest, in June; Birkie Trail Run Festival, in September; Birkie Tour, in January; Birkie Week Events, in February and the Fat Bike Birkie in March! Or with Trail Work or Office Work!

  • Pre-race Office Work: Mailings, answer phones and general office work.
  • Bib Pick-up: Distribute participant bibs.
  • Information Booth: Answer questions about the Birkie Week events.
  • On-Course Aid Stations: Distribute water, sports drink, energy gels and/or medical assistance to participant skiers along the course.
  • Start and Finish Line Set-up/Tear Down: Set up/teardown fencing, scaffolding, banners, etc.
  • Baggage Check: Assist with skier’s Birkie Bags at the start and finish areas.
  • Medical: Wisconsin licensed medical providers are welcome to help at events!
  • Finish Line Area: Assist skiers, pass out medals and pins, and provide medical attention.
  • Awards: Assist with distributing awards after the events.
  • Parking: Directing traffic at various parking lots for participants to ride shuttle busses.
  • Truck Driver: Drive trucks with baggage gear race day, or shuttle supplies during events.
  • Post-Race Mailings: Lost & Found items, Awards, etc.
  • National Ski Patrol: The National Ski Patrol provides support for skiers on the course. If you are a member please contact them to find out how you can become more involved. If you are interested in learning more about the NSP please visit their web site at www.nsp.org.
Tamarack Health

We thank the Tamarack Health Hayward Medical Center for their year-round support,
as Sponsors of Birkie Volunteers and the Volunteer Appreciation Party.